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Lee PhamLee Pham is Director of Global Intellectual Property Strategy at American Express, responsible for leveraging patent assets to drive growth, avoid disruptive litigation and protect the company’s reputation for security. Lee's role at American Express involves oversight of IP investments, strategic patent transactions and corporate integration of IP. 

The Global Intellectual Property Strategy Group is a part of the Corporate Development and M&A organization at American Express. In his role, Lee secures corporate sponsorship and financial backing for IP-based initiatives across the global enterprise by championing intellectual property among senior leaders of technology-intensive lines of business and the C-Level. By aligning with these key stakeholders, Lee and his team identify disruptive capabilities, strategically monetize IP assets, manage defensive IP investments and ensure freedom of operation for the company.

Lee is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While pursuing a J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property, Lee worked as a legal intern at American Express. Lee was also a summer associate at a Vietnamese law firm upon being selected as an International Legal Practice Intern by the Center for International Legal Studies and supported by Cardozo's International Corporate & Intellectual Property Fellowship. During the same period, he participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis, Seeing Human Rights in 3(d): Modeling India's Controversial Patent Law to Improve Access to Medicines in Vietnam, addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing countries. Lee also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University.

Lee was a 2012-2014 Young Lawyer Fellow in the New York State Bar Association's IP Law Section, where he developed a social media strategy for the section. Additionally, he served on delegations to Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore with the Far East Practice Committee of the American IP Law Association, focused on IP policy and best practices. Lee's civic and community engagements have included voter protection, fundraising on behalf of charities in running events and volunteering with the Big Brothers / Big Sisters Workplace Mentor program at American Express. He is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Lee tweets about invention, intellectual property commerce and other interests at @InventiveLee.